rul­ing fa­vors axed austin school of­fi­cial

De­ci­sion on con­tract jobs could have statewide im­pact

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Melissa B. Taboada

The Austin school board was wrong when it ter­mi­nated a con­tract em­ployee as part of job cuts the district has made in re­cent months, ac­cord­ing to a find­ing is­sued this month by a cer­ti­fied hear­ing ex­am­iner for the Texas Ed­u­ca­tion Agency.

Trustees in April ap­proved an ad­min­is­tra­tive rec­om­men­da­tion to ter­mi­nate Mar­garita Decierdo, who was in the sec­ond year of her three-year con­tract. The move was part of a broader ef­fort to close a pro­jected gap in the pro­posed $718 mil­lion 2010-11 bud­get by cut­ting jobs as the district elim­i­nated pro­grams or de­part­ments.

In all, the district put 113 jobs on the chop­ping block, in­clud­ing 30 va­cant po­si­tions. Some em­ploy­ees found other jobs within the district; oth­ers re­signed. Decierdo was hired in 2008 as the district’s di­rec­tor of di­ver­sity and in­ter­cul­tural re­la­tions. Her po­si­tion was one of 36 con­tract jobs iden­ti­fied for elim­i­na­tion, though Decierdo was the only one who filed an ap­peal.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.